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Sheriffs deputy killed en route to high-priority water rescue

Waller County Texas sheriffs deputy Loren Vasquez was killed last week en route to a high-priority water rescue during storms in the area. She was last heard over the radio saying, “543 en route,” before her car apparently hit a patch of water in the road and went airborne, landing upside down in a water-filled ditch. Law enforcement arrived at the scene but had difficulty reaching Vasquez in her vehicle. “I can’t get the doors open. Can you break the window? I’ve broken a window. I can’t get the doors open,” said officers on the scene. Vasquez was eventually freed from ... Read More

Photo of lineman’s injury on the job garners thousands of shares

The photo is difficult to look at. A Texas lineman who traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help restore power in areas hit by Tropical Storm Michael suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle after a tree trunk fell on top of him. Thomas Wesley Duncan was part of a crew that was attempting to clear a downed tree that struck a line when the tree fell on him. His wife, Kelly Duncan, posted on Facebook a photo of her husband taken after “the guys” got the tree off him and before emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Pennsylvania Toy Factory

Workplace amputation accidents continue to leave U.S. workers with debilitating, lifelong injuries that can adversely impact their ability to work and earn an income, despite federal and state efforts to raise awareness among employers about the work-related hazards that cause these crippling injuries. One of the latest examples of an on-the-job amputation accident occurred at an Elysburg, Pennsylvania toy manufacturing facility when a worker cleaning a machine suffered an arm amputation. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an employee of The Toy Factory became stuck in a machine when the amputation occurred. Although OSHA doesn’t elaborate ... Read More

Driver Used Prescription, Illicit Drugs Before Deadly Texas Church Bus Crash

A truck driver who collided head-on with a church bus near Concan, Texas last year was impaired by a combination of prescription drugs and marijuana, federal investigators said. In its Oct. 16 report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the March 29, 2017, crash that killed 13 people and seriously injured two underscores deficiencies in leadership, law-enforcement training, and bus safety that should be corrected to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The deadly crash occurred when Jack Dillon Young, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck, crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 83, entered ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

Worker killed after townhome collapses in Dallas

A worker was killed and five injured last week after the three-story townhome under construction they took shelter in during a storm collapsed on them, fire officials said. Raul Ortega Cabrera, 35, died at the scene. Those injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening and involved bumps, bruises and fractures. Dozens of other workers were outside the townhome but were not injured. For safe measure, cadaver dogs were called in to search the scene, but no other bodies were found. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans called the incident “devastating,” adding, “We are ... Read More

Texas Wave Pool Closed After Guest Contracted Deadly Brain-Eating Parasite

A Texas wave pool suspended operations after a 29-year-old New Jersey man contracted a deadly brain-eating parasite while swimming there in September. Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile, who worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops, returned home to the Jersey coast after swimming at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas. The resort features a giant wave pool that generates pipeline waves for practicing surfers. On Sept. 16, when Mr. Stabile was back home in New Jersey mowing his lawn, he developed a severe headache and stopped to lie down. He slept through the night but wasn’t ... Read More

14-Year-Old Boy Survives Helicopter Crash in Alaska’s Glacier Bay

Federal investigators, Airbus officials, and others are investigating a helicopter crash in a Southeastern Alaska bay that killed at least one person and critically injured a 14-year-old boy. Two other occupants of the helicopter were still missing as of Tuesday. Alaska’s KTOO Public Media reports that Coast Guard rescuers located 14-year-old Aiden Pepperd near the helicopter crash site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 120 miles northwest of Juneau. The boy had broken ribs and other internal injuries but was pulled from the icy water and flown to a hospital in Sitka for treatment, where he remains in intensive ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More